A Wizard in a Feud (The Rogue Wizard Series)
FROM THE PUBLISHER
"When Gar Pike - the Rogue Wizard - and his traveling companion, Alea, land their ship on a planet harboring a lost colony to do some minor repairs to the ship's computer, they decide to take some time for shore leave and explore. It's not long before they meet one of the indigenous life forms: Fairies." "As Gar and Alea explore more of the planet and meet more of the inhabitants, they quickly come to realize that every clan is feuding with the neighboring clans. Though everyone secretly wants peace, nobody will listen to those with the courage to preach it, those who have been sent into exile for wanting everyone to get along." "Posing as traders and healers, Gar and Alea team up with the Fairies, the Wee Folk, the Druid priests, and two particularly courageous exiles to reintroduce the abandoned Druidic religious tradition to the people and, hopefully, bring peace to all the clans."--BOOK JACKET.
FROM THE CRITICS
In this ninth volume of Stasheff's RogueWizard series, Gar Pike and Alea land on yet another planet that needs their help. A lost colony of Terrans, originally from Scotland, has divided into warring clans perpetually locked in bloody conflict. The indigenous inhabitants of the planet are the Wee Folk, elf and fairylike, who despise and fear the fighting. With the help of the Wee Folk, two clan outcasts, and Evanescent, a powerful, benign alien who travels undetected on their space ship, Gar and Alea are able to frighten the clans into observing a cease fire. At the same time, they reintroduce the neglected religion of the Druids, emphasizing the gods' desire for peace and justice. Stasheff writes to a formula, and students who have enjoyed his previous books will not be disappointed with this one. It includes plenty of action, a light touch, and a convenient, if simplistic, plot resolution. About the only uncertainty is whether Alea and Gar will finally admit to their growing attraction for each other. Wait for the next in the series. VOYA CODES:3Q 3P S A/YA (Readable without serious defects;Will appeal with pushing;Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12;Adult and Young Adult). 2001, Tor, 208p, $22.95. Ages 15 to Adult. Reviewer:Rayna PattonVOYA, December 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 5)
This ninth entry in the Rogue Wizard series brings Magnus D'Armand, aka Gar Pike, his companion Alea Larsdatter, and their ship on a planet to check out their computer system. Once on the ground, the computer is fine, but when Gar and Alea set out to explore, they find the planet populated with fairies, elves and long-abandoned colonists who have regressed technologically. They are aligned into clans that have been feuding for centuries. Gar and Alea take on the role of peacemakers and try to end the feuds. Even though this is the ninth book in the series, which itself is spun off of Stasheff's Warlock in Spite of Himself books, the story stands alone well. Stasheff works in sufficient back-story to keep new readers from getting lost. The plot has substance as well as suspense and is thought provoking without being didactic. Gar is a likeable and intricate character, and in this book his friendship with Alea takes an intriguing and credible turn. Especially suitable for libraries that already own the previous titles, but worthwhile for libraries seeking to expand their SF/fantasy collections. (The Rogue Wizard series). KLIATT Codes: SAﾽRecommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2001, Tor, 206p., Scanlon